3 Stocks Raising The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 37 points (-0.2%) at 16,662 as of Friday, May 30, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,201 issues advancing vs. 1,742 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Lorillard ( LO), up 3.2%, Colgate-Palmolive ( CL), up 1.1% and Canon ( CAJ), up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Tesla Motors ( TSLA), down 0.9%, Royal Philips ( PHG), down 0.8% and Ford Motor ( F), down 0.7%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3. Honda Motor ( HMC) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Honda Motor is up $0.25 (0.7%) to $35.12 on light volume. Thus far, 218,459 shares of Honda Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 949,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.02-$35.23 after having opened the day at $35.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.87.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. engages in the manufacture and sale of motorcycles, automobiles, and power products. It operates through four segments: Motorcycle Business, Automobile Business, Financial Services Business, and Power Product and Other Businesses. Honda Motor has a market cap of $62.4 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 15.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Honda Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Honda Motor as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full Honda Motor Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Toyota Motor Corp ADR ( TM) is up $1.55 (1.4%) to $113.04 on average volume. Thus far, 210,940 shares of Toyota Motor Corp ADR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 457,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $113.00-$113.39 after having opened the day at $113.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $111.49.

Toyota Motor Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, assembly, and sale of passenger cars, minivans, commercial vehicles, and related parts and accessories primarily in Japan, North America, Europe, and Asia. It operates through Automotive, Financial Services, and All Other segments. Toyota Motor Corp ADR has a market cap of $174.2 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 8.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Toyota Motor Corp ADR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toyota Motor Corp ADR as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Toyota Motor Corp ADR Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Kimberly-Clark ( KMB) is up $0.72 (0.7%) to $111.98 on light volume. Thus far, 443,560 shares of Kimberly-Clark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $111.07-$111.99 after having opened the day at $111.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $111.26.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets personal care, consumer tissue, and health care products worldwide. It operates through four segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, K-C Professional, and Health Care. Kimberly-Clark has a market cap of $41.7 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Kimberly-Clark a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimberly-Clark as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Kimberly-Clark Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer goods sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods ( IYK) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).
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